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    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - Community Technology Preview April 2005

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    Download the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Unlike beta releases that receive a much higher level of testing and feature work, CTPs are intended to expose the latest working build to developers.
    • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.
      Version:

      9.00.1116

      File Name:

      SQLEXPR.EXE

      SQLEXPR_JPN.EXE

      Date Published:

      4/15/2005

      File Size:

      70.5 MB

      71.7 MB

        SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SQL Server Express) is the next version of MSDE 2000. It is a free, easy-to-use, lightweight version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005. To obtain additional information about SQL Server Express, visit SQL Server Express on MSDN.

        SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - Community Technology Preview April 2005 is unsupported pre-release software.

        Note: Before you install SQL Server Express, follow the instructions below.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows XP Professional Edition

        • Intel Pentium III or compatible 550-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor (1 gigahertz or more recommended)

        • 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM (512 MB or more recommended)

        • 405 MB of available hard disk space

        • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
      • To download and install SQL Server 2005 Express, perform the following steps in the exact order as presented.

        Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2005 Express.

        • Step 1: Use Add/Remove Programs to remove any earlier version of SQL Server 2005 components (prior to build 9.00.1116).
        • Remove the following components (if any or all exist) in the same order as listed here:
          • Microsoft SQL Server "Yukon" Beta 1
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tools Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tools Express Edition Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Transformation Services Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Beta 2
          • Microsoft SQL Server Setup Support Files
          • Microsoft SQL Native Client
          Note1: If you are uninstalling the SQL Server 2005 December 2004 CTP or February 2005 CTP release, the component names in Add or Remove Programs will say "Beta 3" instead of "Beta 2."
          Note2: You do not have to remove previous versions of SQL Server, such as: SQL Server 2000, SQL Server version 7.0, or earlier.

        • Step 2: Use Add/Remove Programs to remove Microsoft .NET Framework versions 1.2 or 2.0, if installed.


        • Note: You do not have to uninstall Microsoft .NET Framework Versions 1.0 and 1.1.

        • Step 3: Download and install the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 available here.


        • Step 4: Install SQL Server 2005 Express by clicking the Download button on the upper right corner of this page. SQLExpr.exe is a self-extracting installation package of SQL Server 2005 Express. Save the SQLExpr.exe file to your computer.

          Note: If you click Open (instead of Save), SQLExpr.exe will start Setup over the network. This method is not recommended on slow network or dial-up connections.


        • Step 5: Double-click the downloaded SQLExpr.exe file and examine the End User License Agreement information. If you accept the terms, select I accept the licensing terms and conditions, and then click Next to continue the installation.


        • The current release of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is not supported by Customer Services and Support (CSS). For your questions about SQL Server 2005 Express, use SQL Server 2005 Express Edition newsgroup.


        • To help improve SQL Server 2005 Express by submitting bugs, click here.

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